There is a lot of confusion out there about what really makes a welcoming home.
Pinterest searches lead you to believe that it is all about how your home is decorated or the food you serve.
But, I’ll be honest. I think it goes further than that.
When I think about the times in my life that I have felt the most “welcome,” it has been over simple cups of tea and boxed cookies while a friend did her dishes. Or ordering take-out and playing board games on the floor. Or eating simple food at a backyard picnic with kids running all over.
There are no hard and fast rules to creating a welcoming home.
It isn’t about whether or not you have the perfect number of throw pillows or the perfect lighting. It really is about the spirit of the place.
A clean space is not always a welcoming space.
Great food doesn’t always lead to great conversation.
And a mess on the living room floor from kids playing and burned bread with dinner can lead to beautiful moments of community building.
Hospitality and the effort we put forth when cultivating community in welcoming spaces doesn’t happen because we can check off an external list of things we have done.
But sometimes I wish that’s how it worked! It’s easier to be confident in our welcome when we have checked every box someone told us had to be done.
God is more interested in the heart behind Christian hospitality and people are too.
But really, that is good news for all of us. You don’t have to be able to style like Joanna Gaines in order to live a life of hospitable welcome. You don’t have to do a home makeover or become a gourmet chef.
You can live a life that says “welcome” as a minimalist or a collector. It really isn’t about those things.
What’s coming in this challenge:
In this series we are going to touch on the absolute “musts” in my opinion of creating a welcoming home and then on some optional things that add warmth but aren’t totally necessary.
We will talk about how God has created us all unique and how the welcome we offer should reflect that.
We will get rid of some of the shame that comes along with not having a perfect home or being a perfect cook and we will free ourselves up to invite others into the real life God is building for us.
We will talk about what it means to live a life of welcome and we will move toward cultivating community in a healthy, sustainable way.
The goal here is not that you host a few more gatherings in the next few months but that you take baby steps in the direction of a life and home that says “welcome” so that you can do as Romans 15:7 says and “welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”
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